This is truly one of the most heartbreaking things I have seen in quite some time. Only one individual died at Electric Forest this past year (excluding Kevin Graves who is still missing). His name was Hunter. As his parents are still processing the tragic and untimely passing of their son, they have begun reaching
It seems like Electric Forest was just a week ago but for the family of Kevin Graves, it must feel like a lifetime. Kevin is a 28-year-old man local to Michigan. He went missing during the second weekend of Electric Forest this year. Despite professional and amateur search efforts, Kevin is still missing 30 days
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Electric Forest has just wrapped its 8th annual gathering, and the Insomniac/Madison House produced event seems to grow exponentially with each passing year. Complete with spectacular new stages, yet another expertly curated 2018 line-up, and new crevasses to explore at every corner of the grounds, it’s no wonder Sherwood Forest is a place that draws world-class visual and musical artists to showcase their work.
Living up to it’s promise to offer a truly unforgettable, always changing festival experience, EF boasted a completely revamped Ranch Arena stage, which played host to resident headliners The String Cheese Incident and Bassnectar, along with Marshmello, ZHU, and Galantis, to name a few. The expansive Tripolee stage continues to add new visual dimensions to its world each year, with artists like CloZee, Netsky, Herobust, Jauz, and Testpilot revealing a new chapter into its rich story. Step deeper into Sherwood Forest to find The Observatory and Forest stages, which hosted several secret sets and a Desert Hearts takeover throughout the weekend. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the Forest, however, was the Carousel Club, a brand new circus tent stage experience that played host to renegade artists featuring the Saturn-sounds of rising act Desert Dwellers.
For those who weren’t so lucky to have witnessed the weekend spectacle live and in-person, DA has compiled a list of streams from Electric Forest 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments. This post will be updated as more sets become available.
Electric Forest 2018 Live Sets
Bassnectar (First Weekend, Ranch Arena)
Bassnectar (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)
Boogie T (First Weekend, Sherwood Court)
BUKU (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)
CharlesTheFirst (First Weekend, Tripolee)
CloZee (Second Weekend, Jubilee)
EPROM (First Weekend, Triploee)
G Jones b2b EPROM (Second Weekend, Tripolee)
FISHER (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Get Real (Second Weekend, Tripolee)
Green Velvet (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Green Velvet b2b Kerri Chandler (First Weekend, Tripolee)
GRiZ Chasing The Golden Hour (First Weekend, Triploee)
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GRiZ (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)
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GRiZ Live Band (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)
Hotel Garuda Farewell Set (First Weekend, Tripolee)
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Jade Cicada (First Weekend, Forest Stage)
Jauz (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Keys N Krates (First Weekend, Sherwood Court)
Kyle Watson (First Weekend, Forest Stage)
Malaa (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Marshmello (Second Weekend, Ranch Arena)
Mat Joe (First Weekend, Forest Stage)
MAXIMONO (First Weekend, Forest Stage)
Mija (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Mikey Lion (Weekend 2, Forest Stage)
Moody Good (Weekend 1, Tripolee)
NeLLe Wilson (First Weekend, Good Life Village)
REZZ (Second Weekend, Sherwood Court)
San Holo (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Shooka (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)
Space Jesus (Second Weekend, Sherwood Court)
Spag Heddy (First Weekend, Tripolee)
Taheo (First Weekend, Panky Rang Renegade Stage)
TESTPILOT (Second Weekend, Tripolee)
The BCE Project (First Weekend, Good Life Village)
The BCE Project – Chill Set (First Weekend, Good Life Village)
TRANTIC (First Weekend, Grassroots)
Featured image provided by Insomniac
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It has been making the local press rounds that a Michigan man has gone missing from Weekend 2 of Electric Forest. Kevin Graves, a 28-year-old from Highland Township was last seen on Sunday at the festival. Now a manhunt is underway, and with each day that goes by the mystery grows deeper. Graves apparently had
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Earlier today, Deadmau5 announced his new eight-track EP that will be released on July 13th. The EP will feature his brand new collaboration with Rob Swire, a handful of remixes, and even a few new originals. In addition to Deadmau5’s busy lifestyle, Deadmau5 came to Electric Forest 2018 as his lesser-known alter alias TestPilot. While
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When Bassnectar released a heart wrenching video in conjunction with Electric Forest and To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), the creative PSA went immediately viral with over 1.5 million views on Facebook. The video featured footage inside Sherwood Forest, where several roaming Forest Family members were captured answering a ringing telephone. On the other end of the line was Lorin Ashton, remaining anonymous throughout the call, as he asked questions about friendships, family, and hope.
Electric Forest has been partnering with TWLOHA since 2016 when it’s producers, Madison House and Insomniac, made it their mission to slate more mental health awareness activities into their programming. They reached out to Chad Moses of TWLOHA, whose role at the organization over the past decade has been using music as a platform for discussing mental health. They granted him a 10′ x 20′ space in the festival grounds to construct a creative project in support of community, togetherness, love, and mental health.
The initial project involved simple business cards, where Forest attendees were to write down “the one thing you need to say to yourself” upon entry into the festival. They were instructed to then come back at the end of the weekend and write down “on thing they needed to hear the most.”
“The next year, EF calls and asks us what else we can do to raise awareness,” said Moses.
“They told us Bassnectar would love to be apart of this kind of project. They then talked to their artist director, who had a wonderful idea: what if we got this project off paper and quite literally electrified it? What if we used phone lines to get people to open up anonymously about things that may be heavy on their hearts?”
The projects continue to evolve and thrive with each passing year, according to Moses. “Pretty much every conversation I’ve had with their team has been amazing, it becomes bouncing ideas off each other, and they’ve never once told me ‘no’ for any reason. These are inherently creative people who love the process of creation.”
For 2018, TWLOHA has partnered with Electric Forest once again to create the Breaking Barriers Project, located on Main Street in the campgrounds. Quite literally: a wall, created with the acknowledgment of everything that seeks to keep separate us from our fellow Forest dwellers – the Forest Family built a physical wall together, decorated and dominated by their aspirations for growth, with their barriers left in the past.
DA sat down with the non-profit organization during Electric Forest weekend one to learn more about the groundbreaking creative project.
The thing we love most about TWLOHA’s projects are how they grounded in identity politics. Last year, there was a feminist underpinning to the anonymous calls to Bassnectar. This year, the Breaking Barriers project is rooted in post-colonial/post-race concepts — particularly the notion of Border politics. Can you tell us if this inspired the idea behind the wall project?
“What started this project was a conversation with one of Electric Forest’s producers, the kind folks at Madison House, and they came to me with a problem. They said, we have to legally set up these barriers to avoid potential tragedy with vehicles driving into the crowds at the stages; and we want to make something divisive like this potentially beautiful and creative and intentional.”
It’s postmodern pastiche. It’s progressive action. It’s spiritually ascendant, especially this element of intention setting. Most of all, it’s spewing with the most powerful creative, connective force as we know it: Love.
“Yea, the wall is super imitational and intentional, where you can take as little or as much as you want, figuratively and literally,” says Chad Moses of TWLOHA. “But the people who’ve interacted with it, you can feel their gratitude surrounding the wall.”
Where exactly are you folks heading up this project inside the festival?
“We have two booths on site. We’re back inside the venue at Ranch Lobby West, right past Tripolee, as usual. And the booth on Main Street, which is very intentionally focused on explaining the wall’s purpose and how they can interact with it throughout the week.”
So how did this idea come into fruition?
“As we’re talking and brainstorming up this idea of the wall, I get transported back into my childhood. My friend’s dad had a piece of the Berlin wall in their home and I asked, ‘What is that?’ His dad told me the dark history behind it, how it was used to keep friends separated, and how, when it came down, it was the happiest days of those people’s lives. And I was struck with the idea that there are these kinds of things that are inherent in our own lives, things that are holding us back from connecting with one another — and these things aren’t necessarily physical manifestations.
With creativity, with community, that barrier can, should, and will fall. Whether your struggling with addiction or your own mental health or fractured relationships, nothing can get in the way of the notion that these things are impermanent.”
In terms of mental health, how do you think it will help people?
“The imagery is rooted more so in yesteryear than present day, but at the same time there are still people today that are driving these walls. You know, people come to Forest every year with tons of baggage, they’re super prepared with their camping gear, and their gifts, and their fully planned out festival attire. But a lot of times, they come with deeply rooted subconscious baggage too.
The entire purpose of that wall is to acknowledge the emotional baggage that we packed for ourselves — some people are arriving at Forest with heavy heartache. EF exists for family, for purpose, for community. That purpose for us is to let people know: all that stuff that you dragged in, we will take it for you.”
How did the Breaking Barriers wall project go at weekend one?
“We collaborated with this one artist, he called himself Adam One, who happened to walk by and ask, ‘How can I help with the wall?’ We tell him we need this wall saturated with color, that this should be free flowing. He says, ‘I have an idea’ and paints this huge circle of hexagons. ‘This is a super microscopic version of a seed,’ he says.
We all have an enormous potential for growth, but it gets covered by all this crap — anxiety, self-doubt, depression, pride, ego, the list goes on. But when we break it down, it’s going to allow this seed to grow. The point then became: Can we allow nature to help us overcome all these man-made structures?”
For Forest Family out at weekend two, DA — along with the producers and partners of Electric Forest — invites attendees to be a part of an interactive growth experience at their 2018 gathering at Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan. Set an intention for the weekend, develop your goals, recognize the words and symbols that create distance between us, break down your barriers, and start your Rothbury experience with a deep breath of fresh air.
This wall represents the things that threaten to keep us apart, and focuses on the ways that we strive to develop as human beings. The Forest is built upon acceptance, kindness, freedom, respect, peace, and love. As the second weekend winds down, the wall and all of our internal barriers will be dismantled, deconstructed, and destroyed. Its pieces will then be distributed to attendees and offered as a token of our aspirations for improvement, and a reminder that the walls in our lives are not permanent. The Barrier Project pieces will be a symbol signaling that the unity we feel in The Forest can also be experienced back home.
All photos courtesy of Meg Ryan for Electric Forest.
If there is one thing that has become a certainty over the past few years, it’s that Bassnectar will be testing out and releasing new album material at Electric Forest. The EF resident has used past years to premiere his Into The Sun LP and Reflective EP material; and the 2018 edition of Insomniac & Madison House‘s annual gathering was no different.
That’s why, when Lorin Ashton posted to his Facebook on the first day of Forest that he would be premiering new sounds from his third Reflective EP, his loyal cult following of bass heads were in a frenzy over the surprise announcement. Previously thought to be a two-part EP project, the questions resonating across everyone’s minds were: Reflective is now a trilogy?! Would the third part be focused in Ashton’s current downtempo direction? Who are the collaborators?
Those questions were partly answered upon Bassnectar’s headlining set on the final day of Electric Forest weekend one. Upon closing out Sunday night at the famed Ranch Arena stage, the bass music demigod premiered a new track, titled “Whiplash,” featuring one of his favorite collaborators in Gnar Gnar.
— happy feet (@Kuhncie) June 24, 2018
This has been a point of contention for several years now. Bassnectar fans covet the front row spot so much for their favorite artists that they set up camp on the rail and forgo hours of other music to secure their spot at festivals. Last night Bassnectar played at Electric Forest. Lorin acts as a
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